Why have we forgotten the second line of the 'shloka'?"Ahimsa paromo Dharmah" ("Non-violence is the greatest Dharma"). This is the opening line of a stanza in the Mahabharata. The very next line states: "Dharma himsa tathaiva cha (" So too is all righteous violence").
Unfortunately, we have remembered the first line. Over-emphasis on this line has sapped initiative and energy in our millions, and, instead of making us irresistible moral giants, we have been reduced to cowards.
We have totally forgotten the second line: "Dharma himsa tathaiva cha". We have forgotten that righteous violence is also necessary. To every individual, his mother, wife and children are the nearest dependants and to guard their honour and life is the first moral duty and obligation of every head of the family.
We have learnt the first line by heart. Now it's time to learn the second line.